A really common question after reading Foucault is: “how do we resist?” I wanted to post some material on trans/queer organizing for prison abolition and how it might relate to Foucault. Above is a video of Dean Spade and Reina Gossett, both of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (an organization that works to provide legal aid to transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people), and Cece McDonald, a trans woman who went to jail for defending herself against against racist and transphobic violence, in discussion about what it means to have an abolitionist framework for thinking about trans and queer politics.
One example that I think nicely articulates the ways in which an abolitionist framework for trans/queer politics is related to Foucault’s conception of power is in the discussion about how to lessen violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people in prison. Recently, there has been much more attention to the violence that trans people (and especially trans women of color) face in prison, and one of the reforms proposed is to build separate prisons for gender non-conforming folks. Although often understood in terms of “progress," what this type of "human" imprisonment does is increase the policing of trans bodies and the hold that the state has over trans lives, leading to higher levels of incarceration. It also furthers the idea that police and prisons make us safer, rather than as sites that regulate our bodies and commit violence against those who trangress norms. A politics of prison abolition instead works for reforms that makes the lives of those incarcerated more bearable while resisting those reforms (like separate, "safer" prisons) which increase systemic violence.
Dean Spade’s book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, is excellent and its arguments rely heavily on Foucault. You can find a few chapters of the book here for free.